Skip to main content

About the case study

Stephen Owen Davies (best known as S.O Davies) was a Welsh labour politician and trade unionist. His long life was marked by nearly forty years as Member of Parliament for Merthyr Tydfil (1934-1972), eighteen years as a local councillor (1931-1949), a year as mayor of Merthyr (1945-46), and decades involved in the upper echelons of the South Wales Miners' Federation – including as Vice President (1924-1933). His was a long life of public service both to the people of Merthyr and to the people of Wales.

This project was undertaken by a group from Merthyr Sixth Form College. Participants worked with Glamorgan Archives and Parliamentary Archives over a period of one month. During this time, the group had a workshop at Glamorgan Archives.

The group visited Parliament for a day, where they toured the Archives, then attended a workshop in the archives in which they undertook research using records held in the Parliamentary Archives. The project ended with a final event at Glamorgan Archives, which celebrated the life of S.O Davies and offered academics, archives and community members the opportunity to share their recollections and knowledge of his work.

Latest tweets



The De Montfort Project is an outreach projectrun by the Parliamentary Archiveswhichexplores the life and impact of local MPs and Peers on both their local area and at Parliament.

Find out more